FAMOUS NAME is admirably consistent at Listed and Group 3 level and should gain his eighth victory in 17 starts. He returned to action on faster ground than he normally enjoys at this track last month and had no problems beating Recharge by over two lengths. Duff has been a fantastic servant for Edward Lynam having won eight races including the Group 2 Park Stakes over 7f at Doncaster in September. He is penalised for that success and hasn't been seen since a fair run in the Hong Kong Mile in December. Irish Lincolnshire winner Big Robert is generally beaten when stepping out of handicap company as he was in a Listed race at the Curragh subsequently and though King Jock has won 10 races in a long career he was beaten by Duff at Tipperary in October. Rose Hip appeared to improve last year despite her age but was well beaten on her return in a Listed event at Gowran.
Duff (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) 12th of 14, 4l behind Good Ba Ba (9-0) at Sha Tin(HK) 1m Grp 1 gd in Dec.
Famous Name 11-10fav (9-5) Raced 2nd, led 2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks gf in Apr beating Recharge (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Big Robert 16-1 (9-1) Towards rear, last approaching straight, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 7l behind She's Our Mark (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks hvy in Apr.
King Jock (USA) 20-1 (9-9) Mid-division on inner, 6th when short of room entering straight, steady headway until switched right to challenge over 1f out, kept on well under pressure to lead close home, won at Naas 7f hcp 60-100 gd in Apr beating Barack (9-2) by hd, 15 ran.
Rose Hip (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 12l behind Chinese White (10-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks gf.